Shared Worlds, a world-building summer camp for kids, is now open for registration. The program is open to rising 8th-12th graders, and will take place from July 16th-29th at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Registration will be open until April 1st so be sure to register soon!
The students work in small groups with an experienced “world-building coordinator” to design and build a world, spending a week building their worlds from the ground up: geography, population, religion and philosophy, legal systems—everything you’d need for a functional world. The second week is spent writing stories that can only occur in the worlds they’ve created. The program culminates in individual sessions between the students and the guest authors so the students get personalized feedback on their work. Finally, the students’ stories are published in the annual program anthology.
2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of Shared Worlds! Each year, Co-director Jeff VanderMeer and Editor-in-Residence Ann VanderMeer are joined by a rotating guest faculty, and this year’s will include Gwenda Bond, Tobias S. Buckell, N.K. Jemisin, Kathe Koja, Terra Elan McVoy, Sofia Samatar, and Ekaterina Sedia, along with experts in history, science, and philosophy.
Check out Shared Worlds’ site to learn more, see this year’s guest authors, and register for the program!